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    Academy Village
    5225 Blakeslee Ave., Valley Village
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,575
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,990
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    (818) 853-9318
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    Victor on Venice
    10001 Venice Blvd, Palms
    • Studio
      $2,230
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,230
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,875
      +
    (424) 543-1031
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    Westside Villas
    2245 S. Beverly Glen, Century City
    • Studio
      $2,545
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,545
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,545
      +
    (424) 293-3959
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    Park West
    9400 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester
    • Studio
      $1,490
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,585
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,060
      +
    (424) 290-8473
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    Artisan Square
    19200 Nordhoff Street, Northridge
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,680
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,180
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,810
      +
    (747) 202-6273
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    Versailles Koreatown
    918 S. Oxford Ave, Mid-Wilshire
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,730
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,345
      +
    (213) 805-8144
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    Lindley
    5536 Lindley Avenue, Encino
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,875
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,875
      +
    (747) 202-6248
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    Versailles
    23100 Avenue San Luis, Woodland Hills
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,455
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,810
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,085
      +
    (747) 800-4811
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    Pegasus
    612 S. Flower Street, Downtown Los Angeles
    • Studio
      $1,710
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,915
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,745
      +
    (323) 992-0257
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    Hikari
    375 East 2nd Street, Downtown Los Angeles
    • Studio
      $1,645
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,030
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,810
    (213) 516-8591
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    Jia
    639 N. Broadway, Chinatown
    • Studio
      $1,765
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,880
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,880
      +
    (213) 516-8595
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    Archstone Westside
    3165 Sawtelle Blvd., Mar Vista
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,225
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,700
      +
    (424) 543-1032
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    The Cleo
    345 S. Alexandria Avenue 202, Mid-Wilshire
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,565
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,975
      +
    (323) 498-1963
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    Archstone Playa del Rey
    8700 Pershing Dr., Playa del Rey
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,025
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,570
      +
    (424) 732-7782
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    Glo
    1050 Wilshire Blvd, Downtown Los Angeles
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,990
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,145
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,910
      +
    (323) 545-3463
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    Milano Lofts
    609 S. Grand Ave, Downtown Los Angeles
    • Studio
      $1,730
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,460
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
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    (323) 498-1924
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    Pacific Place
    5211 Pacific Concourse Dr, Holly Glen - Del Aire
    • Studio
      $1,730
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,850
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,345
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
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    (424) 290-8474
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    13 photos
    Artisan on 2nd
    601 E. 2nd Street, Downtown Los Angeles
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,105
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,835
      +
    (323) 940-1569
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    The Encore
    4920 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks
    • Studio
      $1,375
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,540
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,850
      +
    (818) 616-6148
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    Mozaic at Union Station
    888 North Alameda Street, Chinatown
    • Studio
      $1,750
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $1,750
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,415
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    (323) 545-3682
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City Guide
Los Angeles

The good news: You can do it. Renting an apartment in LA is far easier and less expensive than in cities of comparable size like San Francisco and New York. Legions of dreamers, wanderers, pioneers, artists and those in search for a better life have picked up and moved to the belly of the beast, and so can you.

The bad news: Los Angeles has over 100 definable neighborhoods, and deciding which one of them to live in can be intimidating. However, if you do your research, you too can join the masses in the land of milk and honey, the entertainment capital of the world, the center of the universe: the City of Angels.

Tips for Renting in Los Angeles

- Consider your commute. The most important factor when deciding on a pad in Los Angeles is your proximity to the workplace. You generally want to live as close to that location as you can. Nothing affects the quality of life more in LA than the length of your commute, which, as you have probably heard, is infamous for its congestion. Test-drive the length of your commute before you sign a lease to get a real idea of what your time in the car will be like.

  • Have a car. Moving to Los Angeles with no vehicle is like moving to Mars without a rover. While public transportation exists, the system is nothing like what you would find in New York, Boston or Paris. Los Angeles is not a walkable city – hell, we drive our cars to the corner coffee shop – and if you don’t have wheels, your options become extremely limited.
  • Drive around. Many landlords, especially those with only one or two units, will never list their properties online. The only way to find out about these smaller and more unique spaces is to drive around the neighborhood that you want to live in and look for “For Rent” signs in windows. This is easiest to do with a friend, who can write down phone numbers and addresses while you drive.
  • Call before you visit the apartment. Whether you are searching for apartments online or in the newspaper, always call first to find out more information before making the trek to see the place in person. A phone call can often weed out many of your options, and you don’t want to be running all over LA for no reason.

- Set your budget, then search slightly above it. Some rental properties in LA include cable service, Internet connection, water, wastewater and utilities, and some include none of these. A $1000 rental that includes all of the above is a much better deal than a place for $900 that includes nothing – even if it’s a hundred or so over budget. Trust us, you’ll be wishing you took the all-inclusive when that first bill comes in.

  • Think about parking! When you move to LA, you will have to devote a much larger space in your brain to parking, so you might as well start now. Does your apartment come with a parking space? If you will have street parking, check signs for the street cleaning schedule and for any other times (like rush hour) your car would have to be parked somewhere else. A parking spot that you can call your own is worth quite a bit in LA.
  • Get a Thomas Guide. This is the map that Angelenos swear by, and you will likely find one in almost every home and car. Thick, heavy and hundreds of pages of long, the Thomas Guide is the recognized source for street information that the city relies on. Not big on maps? Make sure you have a working GPS to find your way around the city.

Where to live?

If you don’t already have opportunities lined up in a particular area of Los Angeles, then your options are pretty open. Talking to locals is always the best way to figure out a new neighborhood, but here’s a quick breakdown to get you started:

  • North LA: Good for young families and hipsters.
  • East LA: Slowly getting better.
  • West LA: Beautiful, beachy and expensive.
  • Central LA: More affordable, but also more congested.

Whichever side you happen to choose will most likely be where you spend the great majority of your time. Commuting back and forth across the city can, and probably will, drain your time, money, and sanity. Living somewhere on the west side – say, Venice or Santa Monica – will be more conducive to relaxing on the beach on your off days whereas east-siders will only see the beach if absolutely necessary. We really mean it when we say the traffic is that bad in LA. Furthermore, the geographical reality of Los Angeles makes your choice of a neighborhood very important; when people ask you where you’re from, you don’t just say “LA” but rather: Silver Lake, K-Town, Venice Beach or Hollywood!

Los Angeles Neighborhoods:

Santa Monica: A polished seaside city with a famous pier, Santa Monica is the epitome of the west LA. Upscale shops, gourmet restaurants, spoiled dogs and slick new cars make Santa Monica a place of ease. Santa Monica is a very livable neighborhood, with the family-friendly farmer’s market on Main Street every Sunday morning, but it will cost a pretty penny to call this place home.

Venice Beach: If you are determined to live by the beach, but your budget is tight, Venice might be a good option. This funky beachside neighborhood retains the bohemian spirit that once attracted the late frontman for The Doors, Jim Morrison. You can tell by the colorful parade of characters that populate the area, from street performance artists and hippie craft vendors to musclemen pumping iron and the occasional hobo. If variety is your spice of life, think about a home in Venice.

Westwood/Century City: Although Century City is a business center that turns into a practical ghost town at night, Westwood next door is the home of UCLA – and therefore has plenty of students, student housing and student-priced restaurants and bars. Parking can be a nightmare but if you’re young and willing, Westwood can be a happenin’ place to be.

Culver City: Long known as a movie and TV production Mecca– and for being a little soulless - the reputation that once defined this area is a changin’. A kind of bohemian gentrification is slowly, but surely taking over the area, meaning that you can find an apartment here for a decent price.

Beverly Hills: We’re going to go out on a limb here and say you, like most humans on planet Earth, probably can’t afford Beverly Hills. A separate city from Los Angeles altogether, “the Hills” represent the epitome of luxury, decadence and conspicuous consumption. Mere mortals are welcome to shop along Rodeo Drive, but unless you’ve got some bubblin’ crude filling up your bank account, renting here is probably not an option.

West Hollywood: West Hollywood (or We-Ho) is one of the nicest, cleanest and most stylish areas in Los Angeles and one of the biggest gay communities in America. Very trendy and forward thinking, West Hollywood is full of upscale clothing shops, new eateries, rainbow flags, adorable dogs and best of all, tolerance.

Hollywood: Hollywood is where many people first land when they arrive in LA. Loud, fun and boisterous, Hollywood is a great destination for a night out - but think twice before you sign a lease here, as living in the thick of things may get a little old for most people.

Silver Lake: This hip, young neighborhood is full of organic cafes, eclectic boutiques, dive bars, chilled-out coffee shops and the artsy people that inhabit them. Located between Echo Park and Glendale, Silver Lake has a central location, just 10-15 minutes to downtown or Hollywood. Finding an affordable apartment here isn’t easy, but with enough legwork it can be done.

Echo Park: Echo Park has cute little shops, vegan cafes and hip artists looking gradually infiltrate the perimeter in search of good deals on rent.. Echo Park Lake is quite beautiful during the day, Dodger Stadium is around the corner, and the Echo and the Echoplex venues both see a lot of hot musical action all throughout the year.

Los Feliz: This pretty area is a relatively chill place to come home to from the madness of LA. It features quick access to neighboring Griffith Park and some particularly gorgeous homes, that is, if you can afford to live in one.

Wilshire/Midtown: Centered on Wilshire Blvd, this area is a nice mix of wealthy people, students, middle and working class families. It’s also home to Koreatown (or K-town), where you can find an apartment in any price range. Though you might score something low cost here, keep in mind that life in central Los Angeles can be incredibly congested, making dealing with traffic an everyday issue.

Downtown: Downtown Los Angeles is the heart of a city that has no heart. Its citizens are working hard to revive the area and transform it a thriving urban center for young professionals and families. You can rent a chic new loft with a killer view for an amazing price.. For some people, it’s worth it to be in the first wave of gentrification, but others will find it a bit problematic.

Now that you’ve been outfitted with the proper tools, tip, and tricks, we’re confident that finding the LA apartment of your dreams is definitely within reach. LA is a big place gleaming with opportunity, and it’s up to you to grab it, like life, by the horns. Now go forth, dear apartment hunter, and claim your piece of this angelic city.

-By Kera Zacuto

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